Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting
Indigo Bunting

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Washi tape note cards

Well I think Spring has arrived, but there is still a touch of winter that just doesn't want to leave.  Sunshine but cold north winds prevail. I'm still wearing my winter coat, and gloves in the morning as the temperatures are around freezing or just below - crazy weather.  May is just around the corner, so hopefully that will bring warmer winds and lots of sunshine.

I've been working all day in the flower gardens, cleaning up from the winter (not sure if I'll be able to walk tomorrow - lol).  Nice to see new growth under all the leaves and such.

My cards for today are basically made with washi tape and paper from Alexandra-renke. The paper is 12 x 12 and has a variety of images, so you just need to cut accordingly for the images you want. Some of the papers have matching washi tape as I show in the butterfly card below.

For the first card below, I cut out one of the butterflies with a stitched circle die, then layered this onto a another circle die from Spellbinders called Circle delight.  I used the butterfly washi tape along the bottom and added some silk ribbon just above the washi tape and a small bow. To finish off I used some enamel dots and wink of stella clear pen for some sparkle on the butterfly.

For my second card, I cut a flag banner from dark olive green and then cut out the image to fit in behind. I stamped a PTI leaf using versamark on my background paper, then cut it out using MFT wonky stitch rectangle die.  I used the leaf washing tape across the lower part, as well as a couple of strips of gold peel offs to the top and bottom of the washi tape.  I  then added the flag banner image off to one side.  For the wooden leaf embellishment I sponged some distress walnut stain to darken up the wood.

These were both fast cards to make, that is once I figured out what I was doing.  I left both blank inside so they could be used for a few different occasions.

I appreciate you stopping by.  Have a great day!


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Penny Black - Twofer

Happy Wednesday! Well we are half way through another week. Today I have not one but two cards to share with you.

I'm using an image from Penny Black called - Melange.  The first one worked up fairly quickly so I ended up making 5.

I started by embossing the image with white EP onto some Canson 140lb watercolour paper.  I then added some oxide distress inks.  The first one I used twisted citron, cracked pistachio and peacock feathers.  After I added the inks I took an old rag and buffed the image - this makes the white embossing pop.

I trimmed down the image but die cutting a stitched rectangle (MFT),  then I used Penny Black curved stitch die to cut my piece two. For the leaves along the top, I used Penny Black leaf edger die.  I cut it from the same c/s as my base.  For the sentiment I used the curved happy birthday from PTI - Fly away stamp set.  I then added sequins to finish this off.

For my second card I used oxide ink colours - wild honey, worn lipstick and picked raspberry. The sentiment is from PTI - banner sentiments.

I made 2 of the first, 2 of the second - one was thinking of you and one thank you, and then I made another in lime green and purple, but don't have that one finished yet.

Have a wonderful day!


Saturday, April 21, 2018

Butterfly Blooms

Hello everyone!  Just flying by with a quick post tonight. We were out all day enjoying some beautiful weather.  Sunny and in the low 50's and the same for the next couple of days.  I think Spring is finally here! Yay!!

My card today reminds me of Spring - flowers and butterflies!  I"m using Papertrey Ink's Butterfly Blooms stamp set and mini stamp set.

I stamped the flowers from both sets onto my card front using various PTI ink colours.  I then layered my card front onto some yellow bazzill.  I then stamped my sentiment also from PTI  using black versafine ( I used my MISTI just to make sure I got a good impression, I ended up stamping it twice just to get it nice and dark).

I embossed both butterflies onto some white heavy vellum (I believe this is also from PTI) using white embossing powder.  I used the die to cut the large butterfly and hand cut the smaller one. I added sparkle to the wings using my wink of stella clear pen.

I tied some pink silk ribbon around the top layers before adhering to my card base.  I then added my butterflies, just adding a bit of glue to the centers of the butterflies so their wings are lifted.

The die I used for the base and the floral layer are both from the same die set - PTI - Noted: Scallop A2 Vertical die.

Thanks for your visit, enjoy your day!


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Brushed birds - with sympathy

Hi! I'm back tonight to share another card I made on the weekend.  I often find Sympathy cards not an easy card to make, not quite sure what it is. This one I mailed out today to one of our church families who lost their nephew in a work related industrial accident at the age of 24. So very sad!

I pulled out my PTI - brushed birds along with a few dies and this is the outcome:

I stamped the bird using PTI - aqua mist & hawiian shores. I used the co-coordinating die to cut it out. The branch is from Memory Box, and the background (white) is PTI - Mix & Mat - confetti die.  I sponged some PTI Lemon Tart & Raspberry fizz in the center to kind of represent the sun (not sure if it does but that was what I was going for).

On the aqua mist background c/s I stamped the  PTI Marbled background using aqua mist ink.

For finishing touches I stamped 'with sympathy' from PTI - Willow set, and added some prima flowers to the branch.

I'm glad you stopped by today.  Have a wonderful day!


Saturday, April 14, 2018

Feathered Hope

Good morning all.  It's a dreary day today -rain, rain, rain, today, tomorrow and snow/rain mix for Monday - will Spring ever get here?

Well, according to my little bird below, looks like it might. Seems he has found himself a little 'worm'! It's amazing how Robin's can find those guys beneath the grounds surface, have you ever seen them hunt for food?  It is quite interesting.  Okay enough of this, lets get on with my card.

This image is from a very old SU set called Feathered Hope (1998)  I bought this off of ebay roughly 15 years ago when I was first getting into stamping. 

After stamping the image onto some white cougar c/s with black memento, I used Prismacolour pencils to colour. I used PTI - Mix & Mat - confetti die to cut out the image.  I left the die in place then sponged some inks for the grass & sky area.

Paper is some older Basic Grey - Two Scoops.  I added some yellow silk ribbon to bring out the yellow from the flower pot.  The flowers were dotted with my white gel pen, but then when I added some wink of stella it seemed to disolve the white gel ink??, so I just lightly dabbed the wink of stella as to not remove too much of the white.

I was going to add some sequins or enamel dots, but ended up not doing so.

I'm hoping to get some more stamping done this weekend since the weather is not co-operating for doing photography. ( I will have some new pics to share once I get them done, I have a great egret and a tern).

I appreciate your visit today, have a wonderful day!


Sunday, April 8, 2018

A Cup of Columbine

I'm sharing today a new image I coloured  a couple of weeks ago.  I was so excited when I saw the newest Power Poppy digital image.  This is right up my alley - flowers, nature - Marcella out did herself with this one, as she always does.

I printed the resized image onto some white cougar c/s and then used my prismacolour pencils to bring this to life! I love the outcome, just not quite sure on the mauve napkin.  I was trying to use the same colours within  the florals without introducing another colour.  It was  a deeper purple, but I took my eraser to remove some of the deeper colour, which seem to soften it a bit. Oh well, sometimes things always don't go the way you expect it to.

My BFF's  (Nancy) husband called me up and asked if I could make him an Easter card to give to her.  This is the card she received.  She is also a nature lover, so this one worked well.

I used MFT's die to cut out the image - die-namics blueprints #27.  To add the finishing details I used my wink of stella clear pen for a bit of sparkle on the flowers and added a few enamel dots.

Enjoy the rest of your day!


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Full of Glee

Isn't it always a 'feel good' moment when you need a card to send and you actually have one to do so?
My sister's anniversary is early next week, so needed to get a card in the mail to her today.

Image is from Penny Black - full of glee.

I started by embossing the image onto some Strathmore Mixed Medium 140lb watercolour paper with white embossing powder.  I pulled out my Zig Clean  markers to colour. Rather than add the ink directly to the paper and watercolour, I added the marker to an acrylic block and picked up the colour with a wet paint brush.  Since these markers are very vibrant in colours it was easier to get a transition from light to dark areas by doing it this way.  Once the flowers were dry I went around them with a couple shades of grey.

I used PTI - Leaf and sprig die for the grey border.

Finished off with some sequins and a bow.

Have a wonderful day!